Monday, January 20, 2014

Late and lonely on the campaign trail, Todd Portune deliberates Democratic race for governor: Analysis

It’s decision time for Todd Portune.

The Hamilton County commissioner has returned home to the Cincinnati area after spending much of the last two weeks on the road. His objective: To gauge how successful he would be if he challenged Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in a Democratic primary this spring for the right to face Republican Gov. John Kasich in the fall.

The answer might be staring him in the face. Or not, which is kind of the problem.

Portune’s travels have been a lonely exercise. Only nine people showed up to hear him speak in Lima last week. A party for him near his alma mater, Oberlin College, also was a small affair. The next day he discussed his possible campaign with the Northeast Ohio Media Group over lunch in Cleveland – after another appointment canceled.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Ed FitzGerald chooses Dayton-area attorney Sharen Neuhardt as his new running mate

Democrat Ed FitzGerald reset his campaign for governor Friday, selecting Dayton-area attorney Sharen Neuhardt as his new running mate.

A twice-failed candidate for Congress known as a staunch defender of abortion rights, Neuhardt replaces State Sen. Eric Kearney, whose business-related financial problems became a distraction to the campaign and forced him from the ticket last month.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and frontrunner to challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich in the fall, is expected to introduce Neuhardt at a Saturday rally in Dayton. The Northeast Ohio Media Group first reported Neuhardt as FitzGerald’s pick Thursday evening after an unintentional clue from one of FitzGerald’s county administrators.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ed FitzGerald likely to reveal new running mate Friday -- here's a fearless prediction of who it will be

Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and Democratic candidate for governor, says he has picked a new running mate. Based on comments he made here Thursday and on signals from his campaign, an announcement is due Friday.

And that’s where any semblance of certainty ends.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Are Dennis Kucinich and Todd Portune joining forces against Ed FitzGerald in Ohio governor's race?

The early days of a gubernatorial election year bring plenty of tips to a political reporter’s inbox. Many don’t pan out, and others we drop quickly because of their absurdity. But here’s one that became even more intriguing after we went directly to the subjects.

On Wednesday, a source told the Northeast Ohio Media Group of a telephone poll in the works that asks voters about a hypothetical Democratic ticket pushing former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich for governor. Kucinich’s running mate in this scenario: Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who is openly exploring a run for the top spot.

The Ohio Democratic Party is aligned behind Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald as its candidate against Republican Gov. John Kasich. Portune expressed interest in a primary challenge last month, after FitzGerald’s first running mate, State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, dropped off the ticket due to his financial problems.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Besides Kasich vs. FitzGerald, 5 other Ohio campaigns you should be watching in 2014

The race between Republican Gov. John Kasich and his Democratic challenger – likely Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald – will be the main event in Ohio politics next year. But there are some intriguing campaigns shaping up on the 2014 undercard.

A few notes on what’s worth watching:

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